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- JUST A LOAD OF GAS DEPARTMENT -
Strange Siberian Craters May Be Key to Bermuda Triangle Mystery
this year, mysterious craters began to appear in Siberia, sparking
countless theories as to their origins. Now scientists think they were
caused by the explosion of gas underground. And the explanation could
explain the loss of ships and aircraft in the controversial area known
as the Bermuda Triangle.
Three giant holes were spotted in the
Yamal and Taymyr peninsulas provoking claims that they were a man-made
hoax, meteorites or even stray missiles.
But now, after probing
the largest of the craters, scientists said the they were most likely
created by underground gas explosions.
'Heating from above the
surface due to unusually warm climatic conditions, and from below, due
to geological fault lines, led to a huge release of gas hydrates,'
reported The Siberian Times - citing scientists from the Trofimuk
Institute of Petroleum-Gas Geology and Geophysics in Novosibirsk.
Gas hydrates are ice-like forms of water containing gas molecules, notably methane.
They exist in permafrost regions such as northern Siberia, but also under the oceans in some parts of the world.
main element - and this is our working theory to explain the Yamal
crater - was a release of gas hydrates,' said scientist Vladimir
'It turned out that there are gas hydrates both in
the deep layer which on peninsula is several hundred metres down, and
on the layer close to the surface.
'There might be another
factor, or factors, that could have provoked the air clap. Each of the
factors added up and gas exploded, leading to appearance of the crater.'
stressed that the crater is located on the intersection of two tectonic
faults. Yamal peninsula is seismically quiet, yet the area of the
crater looked into had quite an active tectonic life.
'That means that the temperature there was higher than usual,' Mr Potapov said.
Crucially, recent warm summer weather has melted gases trapped in layers just below the surface.
explanation for the formation of this crater might also explain the
disappearance of boats and planes in the area referred to as the
Bermuda Triangle, according to the experts.
The area stretches from the British Overseas Territory in the North Atlantic Ocean to the Florida coast, to Puerto Rico.
scientist Igor Yeltsov, the deputy head of the Trofimuk Institute,
said: 'There is a version that the Bermuda Triangle is a consequence of
gas hydrates reactions.
'They start to actively decompose with
methane ice turning into gas. It happens in an avalanche-like way, like
a nuclear reaction, producing huge amounts of gas.
'That makes the ocean heat up and ships sink in its waters mixed with a huge proportion of gas.
same [method] leads to the air getting supersaturated with methane,
which makes the atmosphere extremely turbulent and leads to aircraft
Reporting the claims, the journal Science in Siberia dubbed the craters 'a distant relative of the Bermuda Triangle'.
Scientists conducted detailed research at the crater, including taking samples to a depth of 985ft (300 metres).
checked magnetic and radiation backgrounds, and found no abnormalities
there,' said Oleg Kushnarenko, chief engineer of a mission which lasted
Mr Potapov said that their theory will be studied further.
all have to keep suggesting hypotheses and testing them,' he said. 'The
crater itself is incredibly interesting from a scientific point of
He added there was a need to identify other areas in the world where such underground gas explosions can occur.
'We must also pay attention to areas where the same thing might potentially happen,' he said.
Kushnarenko also revealed that security concerns meant the research
team were not allowed to go inside the crater which is around 230ft (70
'There was a great temptation to go down the
crater, but the Institute didn't give the go ahead, saying it was too
risky,' he said.
The crater they studied is in the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous, some 19 miles (30km) from the Bovanenkovo gas field.
Source: Daily Mail
- LIFE HERE BEGAN OUT THERE DEPARTMENT -The Incredible Picture That 'PROVES' There is Life Elsewhere
never-before seen photograph shows a mysterious dragon-shaped organism
found in space, which they claim also reveals that all life on Earth,
including humans, is extraterrestrial in origin.
It was discovered in dust and particulate matter gathered deep in the Earth’s stratosphere.
Its finders say it is a “biological entity” made of carbon and oxygen - the building blocks of life.
the scientists who made the incredible find insist there is no way it
could have blown up into space from our planet - and so must have
originated elsewhere in the universe.
It was discovered by
Professor Milton Wainwright and his team from the University of
Sheffield and the University of Buckingham Centre for Astrobiology.
Professor Wainwright sent balloons into the stratosphere 27 km above the Earth’s atmosphere to collect particles from space.
claimed what they have discovered is not only proof that life
exists in outer space, but that extraterrestrial organisms are
continually raining down on earth.
He said: "The photo shows a
structure colloquially called ‘the dragon particle’ which scientific
analysis shows is made of carbon and oxygen and is therefore not a
piece of cosmic or volcanic dust.
“This is clearly a biology
entity (about 10micron in size), although it is unclear whether it is
part of a single organism or is made up of smaller, individual microbes.
“It is certainly unusual and seems to be like nothing found on Earth.
“What is amazing is that these organisms appear on the sampling stubs in an absolutely pristine condition.
“There is no pollen, grass or pollution particles found with them, or for that matter soil or volcanic dust.
a means of lifting them from Earth exists which selectively sieves them
out from other Earth-derived debris then they must be incoming from
“This, plus the fact that some of the biological material
samples by the team produce impact craters when they hit the sampler,
confirms their space origin.”
It comes just weeks after
astronauts said they found traces of life on the surface of the
International Space Station (ISS) which orbits Earth.
The discovery of tiny plankton on the ISS was the first time complex organisms have been found in outer space.
have previously shown bacteria can survive outside our planet but the
discovery of these so-called diatoms supports the increasingly popular
theory that the biochemical catalyst for human life originated
elsewhere in the universe.
Some researchers said one explanation
is the organisms were carried to the station on air currents from the
sea where plankton is found in abundance.
However others claim
this is impossible with the only rational theory being the minute
plants drifted onto the ISS from elsewhere in space.
Professor Wainwright said: “They may be the same, or similar to the ones we have found .
both cases they will be intercepted on their journey from space to
Earth and not as some unthinking critics have suggested-lazily drifting
up to such extreme heights from Earth.
“If our findings are true
they will forever alter our view of life and particularly evolution on
Earth and we will need to rewrite of our biology textbooks.”
“The ISS is more than 200 miles from earth, there is no way that anything of this size can get to that height from Earth.
“It is an amazing discovery and the evidence is overwhelming that these organisms have originated from outer space.
are coming in from space all the time, raining down on Earth, these
findings are about to blow all theories of biology and evolution out of
the water, they will have to start re-writing text books.
is the tipping point towards science proving that life is continually
coming to Earth from space, and that it did so in the first instance.”
researcher involved in the study, Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe,
said algae-like organisms have previously been found on meteorites
which have fallen to Earth.
He said: “We are starting to find diatoms in space, mixed up in debris in the stratosphere.
“The evidence points towards theories that complex living organisms are falling from the skies to Earth.
space station is orbiting the earth in a total vacuum, there is no air,
so it is a total defiance of the laws of physics to say these organisms
were blown into space from Earth.
“The only explanation is that
they have come from elsewhere in space, and this supports long-held
theories that plankton, and therefore all life on Earth including
humans, originated from organisms in space.”
He said particles
of DNA from extraterrestrial life are also being picked up by organisms
on earth and built into their genetic make up.
He said: “We have
evidence that even in the human genome, 40 per cent of our DNA is
viral, and it has been incorporated during our evolution.
is growing evidence that says this DNA comes from space and it is
carried into our atmosphere on micro-meteorites before dissipating.
“It is then taken up by bacteria and viruses.
“Everything that we have on the Earth is derived from space, including humans.”
Source: Sunday Express
- CONSCIOUS OF CONSCIOUSNESS DEPARTMENT -
AWAREness Beyond Death?
By Greg Taylor
critical care doctor and expert in the field of resuscitation, Sam
Parnia has been fascinated with the question of what happens to
consciousness at the moment of death since the time he lost a patient
as a student doctor at the age of 22. Parnia’s joint fascination with
resuscitation and the near-death experience (NDE) led him to establish
the AWARE project, which is now a major collaboration between doctors
and researchers in the coronary units of medical centers and hospitals
across the globe. Dedicated to exploring and advancing our knowledge of
these two inter-related areas, it began with an 18 month pilot study
restricted to just a few hospitals in the United Kingdom, before the
AWARE project proper launched on September 11, 2008 with the
investigation extended to more locations, including some in Europe and
the United States. To examine the veridical out-of-body experience
component of near-death experiences, Parnia and his team installed
approximately one thousand shelves high up on walls within rooms in the
emergency, coronary and intensive care wards of participating
hospitals, though they were unable to cover all beds due to time and
financial constraints – with 25 participating hospitals, the total
number of shelves they would have needed to install for full coverage
would have been closer to 12,500. On these shelves they placed a hidden
‘target’, which they hoped patients who had OBEs might report back on
after being successfully resuscitated. By targeting these specific
wards they were hoping to cover some 80% of cardiac arrest events with
their ‘shelf test’.
In the first four years of the study, AWARE
has received a total of more than four thousand cardiac arrest event
reports – some three per day. But while four thousand events may seem a
good sample size for in-depth research into veridical NDEs, it must be
remembered that these are cardiac arrests – not ‘heart attacks’, with
which many people confuse the term, but cases in which the heart has
completely stopped beating. As such, in only a third of those cases
were medical staff able to resuscitate the patient – and then, only
half of those critically-ill survivors remained alive to a point where
they could be interviewed by the AWARE team. Further, those medical
staff doing interviews on behalf of the AWARE study had to do so around
their normal daily duties, and so not all patients were able to be
interviewed post-resuscitation (especially so if they came in on the
weekend). And, unfortunately, the team’s coverage of cardiac arrest
events via shelf positioning was lower than hoped – only 50% occurred
in a location with a shelf, rather than the hoped-for 80%.
given that near-death experiences were only reported by 5% of survivors
in the AWARE study, and that the out-of-body experience only occurs in
a low percentage of NDEs, you might begin to see the problem. Out of
some 4000 cardiac arrest events, the AWARE team was left with little
more than a hundred cases in which a patient with a shelf in their room
reported back after their resuscitation, and then only 5 to 10 of those
actually had an NDE. In all, after four years, and four thousand
recorded cardiac arrest events, the AWARE study has at this stage
documented a grand total of just two out-of-body experience reports
during cardiac arrest.
Nevertheless, the few NDEs recorded thus
far very much conform to the archetypal experience. One of Parnia’s
AWARE colleagues, Ken Spearpoint, recounted one patient’s experience:
His journey commenced by travelling through a tunnel towards a very
strong light, which didn’t dazzle him or hurt his eyes. Interestingly,
he said that there were other people in the tunnel, whom he did not
recognize. When he emerged he described a very beautiful crystal city
and I quote “I have seen nothing more beautiful.” He said there was a
river that ran through. There were many people, without faces, who were
washing in the waters. He said that when the people were washing it
made their clothes very bright and shiny. He said the people were very
beautiful and I asked him if he recalled hearing anything – he said
that there was the most beautiful singing, which he described as a
choral – as he described this he was very powerfully moved to tears.
His next recollection was looking up at a doctor doing chest
For the patient this was a
profound spiritual experience, and certainly powerful for me
too…unfortunately the event was not in a research area [an area with a
It wasn’t until 2011 that the AWARE study had its first
out-of-body experience report. A 57-year-old man had suffered a cardiac
arrest in the cardiac catheterization laboratory in Southampton General
Hospital (in the United Kingdom), but unfortunately, in the
heads-or-tails odds of whether the patient was in a room with a shelf,
Parnia called wrong: the out-of-body experience occurred in an area
where there was no target for the patient to view. Nevertheless, the
patient was keen to recount his story – despite his family having told
him it was likely just an effect of the drugs used – saying he believed
“it was important” to tell others about it.
The patient, ‘Mr.
A’, had been at work, and started feeling a bit odd. Being a diabetic,
he immediately checked his blood sugar level, but it was fine. He
continued to feel increasingly unwell, until he finally asked his
fellow office-workers for assistance when he started feeling short of
air. They immediately phoned an ambulance, and when the paramedics
arrived and hooked the patient up to an ECG, the gravity of the
situation became apparent:
[T]hey wanted to
whisk me off and not talk to me and just do it. Do you know what I
mean, doctor? That unnerved me a little bit because I am not used to
anything like that, so I said, “Hang on, what are you doing?” They
said, “We need to get you to hospital.” Anyway, they did.
…I can remember coming into the [hospital bay] … and a nurse came on
board. [The paramedics] had told me a nurse called Sarah would come to
meet me when I arrived… She came on board the ambulance like they said
she would and then she said, “Mr. A, I am the most important person in
your life at the moment. I am going to ask you some questions and I
want you to answer every one of them.” I said yes. I can remember that
I wanted to sleep all the time at that stage and all she kept trying to
do, it felt like, was to keep me awake and talk with her. Do you
understand what I mean? And that’s how it was with her.
medical team brought Mr. A into the catheterization laboratory in the
hospital on a trolley, and placed a sterile drape across his upper body
so that they could work on him without him seeing what was happening.
As such, he didn’t notice when the doctor arrived, nor when the team
gave him a local anaesthetic so that they could push a wire into the
blood vessel in his groin to feed it up to the heart. At this stage,
the patient said, he was still talking to the nurse Sarah, when “all of
a sudden, I wasn’t”. Mr. A’s heart had stopped beating. But instead of
blacking out, as should be the case once blood flow to the brain stops,
the patient said he left his body:
remember vividly an automated voice saying, “Shock the patient, shock
the patient,” and with that, up in that corner of the room [he pointed
to the far corner of the room], there was a person beckoning me. I can
see her now, and I can remember thinking (but not saying) to myself, “I
can’t get up there.” The next second I was up there and I was looking
down at me, the nurse Sarah, and another man who had a bald head… I
didn’t even know there was another man standing there. I hadn’t seen
him. Not until I went up in that corner – then I saw them. You
understand what I am saying?
It’s interesting to note here that
Mr. A seems to have had a cross-over between a death-bed vision and a
near-death experience. A large number of death-bed vision reports
discuss the apparition as being up in the corner of the room.
Similarly, Mr. A initially saw a person in the corner of the room from
his ‘death-bed’ perspective, and then in an instant he was ‘up there’
Mr A. went on, describing his view of the man with
the bald head who was working on his body, whom he hadn’t noticed from
his bodily view due to the sterile drape.
could see all this side of them. [He pointed to the back.] As clear as
the day I could see that. [He pointed to an object.] The next thing I
remember is waking up on that bed. And these are the words that Sarah
said to me: “Oh you nodded off then, Mr. A. You are back with us now.”
Whether she said those words, whether that automated voice really
happened, I don’t know—only you would know those things. I don’t know
how to be able to confirm that those things did happen. I am only
telling you what happened with me and what I experienced.
I couldn’t see his face but I could see the back of his body. He was
quite a chunky fella, he was. He had blue scrubs on, and he had a blue
hat, but I could tell he didn’t have any hair, because of where the hat
The robotic-sounding voice that Mr. A had heard initially
was an automated external defibrillator (AED), an electronic system
that can detect when the heart has stopped beating regularly and is
fibrillating, and which issues feedback to the user if an electric
shock needs to be administered to the heart. Despite being in cardiac
arrest, Mr. A. was able to correctly describe the command given by the
AED, as well as describe the doctor in attendance, even though he had
not previously seen him due to the drape across his chest. Ultimately,
however, to skeptics of the NDE this is yet another ‘anecdotal report’,
inadmissible in the court of science. We will have to wait and see if
the AWARE study is able to produce something more conclusive in the
Though four years have elapsed since the AWARE
study was set in motion, and the results so far have shown the
difficulty in investigating the out-of-body experience component, Sam
Parnia is as keen as ever to continue on with the research, and also to
improve the procedures. For instance, he notes that in the case of Mr.
A., a shelf in the room might not have made any difference, as the
patient said he was floating in the opposite corner of the room, well
away from where the shelf would have been placed. Perhaps a review of
the most reported OBE viewing positions might allow for better
targeting in future?
But this tail-chasing has some researchers
more skeptical of the chances of the study finding evidence for
veridical OBEs. Dr. Bruce Greyson of the Division of Perceptual Studies
is associated with the AWARE study, but he holds doubts that it will
yield any meaningful results when it comes to veridical OBEs. “If you
were to ask travellers the name on the ID badge of the TSA agent who
beckoned them through the metal detector on their last flight, it is
highly unlikely any could identify that ‘target’,” Greyson explains to
me. “The designated target – the TSA ID badge – was right in front of
them to see, but they had no reason to pay attention to it, and no
reason to remember it if they had seen it”. The problem with the
experiment, he says, is in the design, which doesn’t include any reason
to expect that experiencers would see or remember the designated
target. “Patients who report leaving their bodies in the midst of a
near-death crisis have no reason to notice a randomly-chosen target
planted in a corner of the room that has no particular significance for
them,” Greyson asserts, “and if they do happen to see it, they have no
reason to remember it. So I do not expect meaningful data from the
AWARE study, although it is better than not doing any research at all”.
the AWARE study does survey a variety of aspects of the NDE beyond just
veridical perception, allowing other possible insights into its
mysteries. For instance, from the data so far Parnia has also been able
to put forward a possible reason for why so many people that are
resuscitated don’t remember having a near-death experience. Noticing a
correlation between the length of cardiac arrest and whether an NDE was
reported, Parnia suggests that “if a cardiac arrest event is relatively
short, then the post-resuscitation inflammation and disease that
normally engulf the brain and cause widespread damage (including damage
to the memory circuits) are also relatively mild by comparison to
someone with a prolonged cardiac arrest”. As such, says Parnia, those
who report detailed near-death experiences may do so “simply because
they had suffered less damage to their brains and specifically the
memory circuits in the days and weeks after the cardiac arrest”.
now though, Parnia and his colleagues are continuing to collate data
from the cases on their files since 2008, and once finalized will
publish their results in a reputable medical journal. They will then
amend any problems with the study that they have noticed in this
initial phase: for example, they hope to provide funding for a
dedicated member of staff at each medical centre who can attend every
single cardiac arrest, possibly with a tablet computer displaying a
random target image that they can place in an elevated position in the
room, and who would be able to follow up with each patient within days
of their resuscitation.
For the rest of us, we’ll just have to
wait and see if Sam Parnia and his AWARE colleagues can uncover
evidence that the minds of those who die really do ‘leave’ their
bodies. If they do, the discovery would perhaps rank among the greatest
discoveries in science, up there with the paradigm-shattering ideas of
Copernicus and Einstein. Mind would no longer be seen as arising from
the brain, and our perception of ourselves and our part in the universe
would be forever changed.
Excerpted from Stop Worrying! There Probably is an Afterlife
, available from Amazon.com
Source: The Daily Grail
- CONNECTION TO THE WHOLE DEPARTMENT -
You Have a "GPS" in Your Brain
By Tara MacIsaac
Nobel Prize in medicine was awarded Monday for the discovery of “an
inner GPS in the brain.” While this function of the brain affects how
we geographically map our surroundings, could it also guide us in other
Theories building on this discovery take us into the realm
of intuition and “coincidences.” When you bump into just the right
person at just the right time, could it be this internal global
positioning system (GPS) at work?
Norwegian researcher Edvard
Moser, his wife, May-Britt Moser, and British-American scientist Dr.
John O’Keefe found that so-called grid cells in the brain comprise this
Grid cells are located in the hippocampus and may
also be located in the anterior cingulate part of the brain, which
plays an important role in human emotion, said Dr. Bernard Beitman, a
Yale-educated psychiatrist currently working from the University of
Virginia, after reading some of the prize-winning research. “This
emotional aspect of grid cell mapping could make particular locations
more highly charged in our brain-based maps. Like the maps used in GPS
navigation, these maps could then help us find pathways to emotionally
important people, things, and situations,” Dr. Beitman wrote in an
email to Epoch Times.
Epoch Times asked Moser and Moser what
they thought of this idea. Edvard Moser responded via email that “the
link to emotions is very speculative.”
Dr. Beitman agrees that
the connections are speculative, “But it is on such evidence that new
theories can develop.” Many coincidence anecdotes he’s heard make it
clear to him that people are somehow able to map their location in
relation to emotionally significant people or places. “Just how [this
works] is our fun question,” he said.
He gave an example: “A
mother felt her 6-year-old daughter was in danger and rushed to the
edge of a deep-water quarry to find her happily playing at the water’s
edge. How did the mother ‘feel’ the danger? How did she ‘know’ how to
Similarly, as a child Dr. Beitman found his lost dog
after he made a wrong turn in a familiar neighborhood. It was strange
for him to go in this direction, yet it led him exactly where he needed
The file-drawer effect can explain some of these
coincidences, he said: we remember all the times we found what we
needed when we needed it through a surprising and accidental chain of
events, but we forget all the times this didn’t happen. If take into
account the wealth of misses, the hits become more probable
Nonetheless, Dr. Beitman thinks the file-drawer
effect cannot explain the entire phenomenon and he’s not the only one.
Veterinarian Dr. Michael Fox has heard of pets tracking down their
owners or finding help when they need it in situations that seem to
defy even their heightened sense of smell, sight, or hearing.
Beitman and Dr. Fox both theorize about sensory data around us that we
subconsciously perceive. This data would guide the GPS. Dr. Beitman
talks of the “psychesphere,” and Dr. Fox talks of the “empathosphere”—a
layer of existence around us that we can’t perceive with the five
senses, but which contains emotional information we may pick up on with
yet-to-be-discovered sensory receptors.
If we make this
discovery or understand better the phenomenon, said Dr. Beitman, we may
be able to make useful coincidences more common in our lives. Perhaps
this GPS could often help us find lost children. Maybe it could help us
find love, or the right job, or a helping hand in a time of need. Of
course, much mystery remains in figuring this all out—but for Dr.
Beitman, it’s a train of thought worth following with further
Professor of aerospace science and dean emeritus
of the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Princeton
University Robert G. Jahn has written about a “consciousness space
grid” or “a grid of experience.”
In his book “Margins of
Reality,” he wonders about the physical existence of human
consciousness and how it may be mapped. He also ponders, from the
perspective of quantum physics, how consciousness may move toward a
goal. “A person is described as a ‘close’ friend or ‘distant’ relative,
as ‘deep’ in thought or ‘high’ as a kite; an idea may be ‘central,’
‘remote,’ or ‘far out’; and we allow our minds to ‘wander’ over various
conceptual ‘grounds,’ before taking a ‘position’ on an issue.”
are qualitative descriptions. He wonders if its possible to develop
quantitative spatial descriptions related to consciousness. He
theorizes that human consciousness is in wave form and physically moves
as such through the brain and beyond. He said further development of
consciousness mechanics could form a “grid of experience, along which
consciousness proceeds toward its goal by making discriminations or
associations at each juncture, much as in a puzzle maze or in the games
of ‘Twenty Questions’ or ‘Charades.’”
Source: Epoch Times
- BIRDS OF TERROR DEPARTMENT -
Thunderbird Feathers and Piasa Portrayals
By Karl Shuker
are familiar with the longstanding mystery of the missing thunderbird
photograph, but what about an alleged thunderbird feather?
recently by Tucson-based freelance writer Craig S. Baker for an online
article on unsolved mysteries of the Wild West, veteran Wild West
author/investigator W.C. Jameson made a claim of considerable potential
significance to cryptozoology regarding the legendary thunderbirds.
stated that a Cherokee treasure hunter he once knew told him that while
looking for a long-lost cache of Spanish silver in a Utah cave, he had
dug up several huge feathers, each one over 18 in long and with a quill
of comparable diameter to one of his fingers. Above the cave’s mouth,
moreover, was an ancient pictograph of an enormous horned bird. Could
this have been a piasa?
For anyone unfamiliar with the piasa,
here is what I wrote about this extraordinary monster of North American
mythology in my book Dragons in Zoology, Cryptozoology, and Culture
"In August 1673, Jesuit priest Father Jacques Marquette
was travelling along the Mississippi while journeying through Illinois
when, looking up at the cliffs towering above both sides of this mighty
river at Alton, he was both horrified and fascinated by some huge,
extraordinary petroglyphs carved into the face of one of the cliffs.
depicted a truly astonishing monster, which the local Indians informed
him was known as the piasa. In overall appearance, it closely compared
with the famous winged classical dragon of European mythology. Boldly
adorned in black and red scales all over its body, the piasa had four
limbs whose feet were equipped with huge talons. It bore a pair of long
antler-like horns upon its head, it sported an extremely long tail with
a forked tip, and two enormous bat-like wings with vein-like markings
were raised above its body. But what set the piasa entirely apart from
other classical dragons was its bearded face – for in spite of its
snarling grimace of fang-bearing teeth, broad nose, and flaming eyes,
it was nonetheless the face of a man!
"According to the Indians,
the piasa had lived in a huge cave in the cliff face and was once
friendly to humans – until it acquired the taste for their flesh.
Afterwards, it became a bloodthirsty, insatiable killer, but was
finally lured within range of the tribe's best marksmen, who severely
wounded it with a barrage of arrows, then finished it off with their
"Tragically, in c.1856 these wonderful ancient
petroglyphs were destroyed accidentally during some quarry work nearby,
which caused the petroglyphs to crack and shatter, falling off the
cliff face into the river."
Returning to the thunderbird
feathers: Jameson has also claimed that he actually owns the stem (i.e.
quill) of one of these remarkable mega-plumes, albeit broken and
incomplete, thus 'only' measuring 18 in long, and that its species had
not been positively identified by any of the several (unnamed)
ornithologists who had seen it.
Assuming that Jameson’s story
is accurate, could this giant feather be a bona fide thunderbird plume?
Tangible, physical evidence for cryptids is, by definition, a rare
commodity, so such a specimen could be of great scientific worth,
thanks to the considerable power of modern-day DNA analysis in
ascertaining taxonomic identity or kinship.
For by subjecting
the feather to such analysis (using samples of dried blood if present
at its base, or viable cells collected from the calimus - the portion
of the quill that had previously been imbedded underneath the bird’s
skin), biotechnologists might succeed where the ornithologists have
reputedly failed, and duly unveil the hitherto-cryptic nature of its
Let us hope, therefore, that someone will be
able to persuade Jameson to submit his giant mystery feather for formal
DNA testing - always assuming of course that it really is a feather...
all: during medieval times, crusaders returning home to Europe from the
Middle East often brought back with them as unusual souvenirs what they
had been told by unscrupulous traders were feathers from an immense
fabled bird known as the roc or rukh – said to be so enormous that it
could carry off elephants in its huge talons. Even its plumes were
gigantic, up to 3 ft long. In reality, however, when examined by
naturalists these were swiftly exposed as the deceptively feather-like
leaves of the raffia palm tree.
Source: Shuker Nature
THINGS THAT GO BUMP IN THE NIGHT DEPARTMENT -
By Nick Redfern
Black Dogs and UFOs
Three weeks ago a fascinating story was related to me by a colleague
from my old home county of Staffordshire, England. “You’re not going to
believe this one,” he told me excitedly down the phone. Well, I’ve
heard some bizarre things in my time as an investigator of all-things
weird, and so I sat back and listened to his story - that was provided
to him by the person directly involved.
Essentially, the story centers upon a 1991 encounter with the unknown
at a place called Castle Ring, which at 801 feet above sea-level is the
highest point on a large area of forest in central England called the
Cannock Chase. A plateau bordered by the Trent Valley to the north and
the West Midlands to the south, the Chase is situated only several
miles from where I grew up; and it is a beautiful, expansive area full
of dense woods, a variety of wild animals, and magical tales of mystery
Indeed, the area has a rich and long history of reported encounters
with Bigfoot, UFOs, ghosts, big cats and even the occasional wallaby.
It has also been the site of a number of disturbing animal mutilations
that have been linked with occult activities.
Built between 500 BC and AD 40, Castle Ring is an Iron Age structure
commonly known as a Hill Fort. Its main ditch and bank enclosure is 14
feet high and, at its widest point, is 853 feet across. Little is known
about the people who built Castle Ring or its purpose, except to say
that its creators were already in residence at the time of the Roman
invasion and remained there until around AD 50.
But back to the story, which involves a historian and folklorist who
lives in the English city of Lichfield. It is the historian’s belief
that all of the weird activity that has occurred on the Cannock Chase -
whether it be encounters of the alleged Bigfoot kind or ET kind - is a
direct result of people dabbling in archaic rituals and rites designed
to conjure up the denizens of some netherworld that co-exists with ours.
Such claims are not new, and having experienced more than a bit of
high-strangeness myself on the Cannock Chase, I am highly inclined to
believe that such a scenario is indeed the correct one. And it seems
that the historian has good reasons for coming to such conclusions.
It was December 1991, around 10.00 AM on a cold winter morning, and the
historian was walking around the Castle Ring, taking photographs, when
his attention was drawn to a small, dense - and “hovering” - area of
fog situated at a distance of about 250 to 300 feet. Curious as to what
would cause such a phenomenon, he headed towards it, with some
trepidation, he admitted. As he got within about 20 feet of the fog, he
felt his hair become “static and electrified,” and an intense smell of
burning metal filled the air: brimstone, no less.
But the bizarre activity had barely begun: suddenly, out of the fog
loomed a large, and certainly monstrous, black dog. According to the
historian, the dog looked in appearance like a cross between an
Alsatian (or, for American readers, a German Shepherd) and a Pit-Bull,
but was around the size of “a young horse.” The man detected an air of
menace from the creature, which, he said, seemed to be “vibrating at a
very high speed, like shaking impossibly quickly.” It positively oozed
menace, and stamped its leg on the ground “like a bull would when it’s
getting ready to charge.”
The man slowly backed away, and the black dog did likewise, retreating
into the impenetrable depths of the fog. As the man reached a point
perhaps 150 feet from the fog, he was both startled and shocked to see
a small ball of light “zoom in” over the fog and duly cast down a vivid
blue column of light in its direction. In an instant, the fog and the
ball of light were gone, the black dog was nowhere to be seen, and
normality was restored.
So, we might well ask: what on earth was all that about? Well, Britain
has a long history and tradition of encounters with such black dogs. In
centuries past they plagued the countryside, and to see one was
considered an ill-omen, indeed. Death, disaster and untold tragedy were
all said to follow an encounter with these spectral beasts. With names
like Old Shuck, Black Shuck, and the Shug Monkey, they struck terror
into the hearts of the people of Britain during the Middle Ages.
Occasionally and curiously, however, the black dogs would act as guides
for lost souls, directing them back to the safety of ancient pathways
and roads, or direct them away from danger. But whatever they were, the
black dogs were certainly nothing normal.
Today, encounters with such creatures are reported very infrequently,
but they do occur - such as this one at the Castle Ring in 1991. Then,
of course, we have the strange, aerial ball of light present at the
Ring, that adds significant UFO overtones to the story. Can the whole
weird saga be resolved? The historian believes it can.
Indeed, he is of the firm opinion that ancient man - who certainly
constructed the Castle Ring - had mental abilities that extended far
beyond our own, and was able to essentially tap into other realms of
existence, and construct “from the mind” images of bizarre and
monstrous beasts that inhabited those same realms.
The purpose? To act as guardians to prevent any harm being done to the
areas that ancient man deemed to be of spiritual significance. It is
the historian’s belief that some of the residual energy that led to the
creation of these wild images is still in place at Castle Ring and
elsewhere; and that when the time is right, they will once again
manifest and take up their role as both guardian and protector of the
I had come to similar conclusions myself a number of years ago. Of
course, this raises deep and important questions about both Ufology and
Cryptozoology, such as: how many of the still-elusive things that we
pursue are flesh-and-blood entities, and how many may - in reality -
originate in realms far stranger than we can possibly imagine?
Certainly, the Cannock Chase has been the site of a number of
Bigfoot-style encounters that have distinctly paranormal aspects to
them, and that have occurred in the exact same locations where
significant UFO activity has also been reported.
Needless to say, such observations have been made for decades by
authorities such as John Keel. But, as this case serves to emphasize,
whoever was responsible for those centuries old reports of ghostly
black dogs, they were still up to their bizarre tricks deep in the
heart of Castle Ring only 16 years ago.
Next time you visit a prehistoric site, keep one eye on the sky and one
on the ground. If you’re lucky, you may see something far stranger than
mere ancient, standing stones…
- THE POLTERGEIST BOY DEPARTMENT -
The Strange Life of Matthew Manning
This is the pathetic introduction of the May 8, 2014 British GQ article about Matthew Manning:
For 50 years, Matthew Manning has been Britain's most haunted.
Harassed by spirits since the age of eleven and apparently gifted with
the power to heal cancer the 'Poltergeist Boy' is not your
common-or-garden kook. Having withstood the scrutiny of doctors,
academics and every rigour of the scientific method, Manning claims his
abilities are from beyond — and beyond dispute. Believe him or
not, he claims he's the real deal. And what's more . . . He
can prove it
Sadly, this paragraph may reflect the mentality of
many of the magazine's readers regarding 'unexplained phenomena.'
The article begins with an offering of a coterie of celebrity names "of
some of those who have consulted him." The events of strange
phenomena in Matthew Manning's early life are described in The Link
(1974). In 1999 another autobiography chronicled how Manning
became a healer: One Foot in the Stars written with Tessa Rose.
Manning also is the author of The Healing Journey (2001) and Your Mind
Can Heal Your Body (2007).
The title of the article by
Robert Chalmers is "An Interview with Matthew Manning: Poltergeist Boy"
with Chalmers referring to himself as being among those "who approach
apparently supernatural phenomena with scepticism." In this case,
the reference to the British equivalent of the word 'skeptic' seems
adequate as Chalmers expresses himself as willing to contemplate what
may be perceived as 'unexplained phenomena' and mentions the many
witnesses; otherwise, a perhaps more appropriate word to describe a
skeptic unwilling to consider the evidence is 'denialist.'
uncanny experiences as a teenager include witnessing objects moved by
an unseen force, automatic writing and automatic artistic
renderings. Chalmers described one memorable incident:
The signatures of dead people — several hundred of them, all in
different hands — began to appear, roughly scrawled, on Manning's
bedroom wall. The first was signed by one Robert Webbe, a
17th-century figure who left a message that indicated, as Manning puts
it, that he "seemed to have no idea that he was dead." On one
occasion, witnessed by Dr. Owen and others, Derek Manning ushered the
whole family into the garden, with his son's bedroom roped off, leaving
a pencil on the bed. When they returned after ten minutes,
another inscription had been added. Some of the names, which were
systematically photographed, appear in historic parish registers;
others were of unknown provenance.
The conception of 'dead
people' may convey to some people an idea of unconsciousness upon a
human being's physical demise at the end of an Earth life; however, a
spiritually aware person understands that consciousness continues in
another realm of existence.
Matthew recalled that one
night at the age of 15 "my bed started to vibrate and the feet rose
into the air. Then the head end rose and I was suspended six
inches off the ground." The 'poltergeist'-type phenomena occurred
in two family residences and in the dormitory of Matthew's boarding
school, Oakham in Rutland. He commented about the commencement of
interims of automatic writing:
"I had always
imagined that the automatic writing, whatever it was, was probably
flotsam that was coming out of my unconscious. I didn't care,
though, because it seemed to stop the poltergeists. But when I
began writing in Chinese and Arabic, as I did, well that did freak me
out a bit. Because those languages were not, so far as I was
aware, present in my subconscious."
When one considers the
variety of extensively documented cases of transcendental communication
among other cases of psychic phenomena and 'remote viewing,' the
perception of a shared Superconsciousness and subconscious mind among
humanity becomes apparent. Words expressing this Force include
'Christ Consciousness' and 'Oneness.'
Chalmers recounted some of the memorable events from the youth of Matthew Manning.
Schoolmate Jon Wills observed Manning produce a number of pictures,
including a drawing in the unmistakable style of Albrecht Dürer.
"I can think of no conceivable explanation for that in terms of
orthodox physics," Wills told me. "Matthew did not have the
artistic ability to produce anything of that kind. And he never
knew who was doing the drawing until the end, when it was signed."
Manning was approached by the publisher Colin Smythe, who is now agent
to Sir Terry Pratchett. After leaving school he started work on a
book about his experiences called The Link.
"This was around the time 'The Exorcist' was released," Manning says,
"and Uri Geller was becoming very famous. A friend of my
publisher knew David Frost, and I was taken to tea with him at
Claridge's in 1974. I was just 19. We didn't have a
television at home. I didn't know who David Frost was, but he
decided that afternoon to give an entire show over to me."
In the course of the half-hour broadcast, Manning appeared to channel
diagnoses from a dead physician called Dr. Penn who, working from the
birth date of a member of the audience, accurately identified a young
woman in the audience as suffering from kidney problems and heart
disease. He had brought professional-looking drawings that he
said he'd psychically received from artists including Picasso and
Aubrey Beardsley, even though all friends and family confirm Jon Wills'
assertion that Manning is no artist.
Manning was sent out on tour, and proved to be something of a psychic
all-rounder. He appeared to be able to project and receive
numbers telepathically. He could bend spoons like Uri Geller.
"The whole thing became a ludicrous circus that centred around Geller
and myself," Manning says. "The two of us were constantly being
compared. But Uri Geller is streetwise in a way that I have never
been. You have no idea how it feels to be 19 in the middle
of a room full of cameras and aggressively skeptical journalists, who
sit you down and ask you to make something inexplicable happen on
I have a
tabloid clipping from this period which describes a laboratory
experiment in which Manning was presented with a row of light bulbs
wired in series, and asked to switch them on using only mental
energy. The headline reads: "Psychic Can Only Light Two Lamps."
"That's right," says Manning (who, on one occasion, was reported to
have blown every fuse in a Madrid department store). "The amazing
thing about that experiment, to them, was that out of nine light bulbs
I failed to light seven."
By 1976, he says,
"I began to ask myself whether I really wanted to spend the rest of my
life on that circuit. I was sick of the whole thing. I
decided to quit. I went out to India at the beginning of
1997. I hired a taxi driver to take me to the Himalayas, through
Simla, and ended up in the small mountain village of Narkanda, where I
stayed the night. I set my camera up to photograph the sunrise
and . . . I know this will sound mad to you, but I had this
sudden, extraordinary sense of being at one with everything that was
around me: the rocks, the mountains, the trees and the sky. I got
this overwhelming sense of something that I can only describe as
God. I didn't even take a picture."
In the article, no
awareness is indicated that incidents such as 'poltergeist phenomena'
may occur in proximity to specific individuals with the purpose of
presenting a pattern or microcosm that can expand people's spiritual
awareness about life if they are able to develop an understanding of
the context of the events. Considering the events chronicled in
Matthew's life, similar patterns may be observed manifesting in
relation to other contemporary experiencers or 'channels' of
occurrences sometimes referred to categorically as 'paranormal' or
'psychic phenomena.' Last week's blog article identified news
articles about others who have recently been the subject of mainstream
media reporters, including trance channel healer Ray Brown and
clairvoyant/clairaudient mediums Sally Morgan, Tony Stockwell, June
Field, and John Edward, among others.
Readers of this blog
are knowledgeable about documented cases of so-called 'poltergeist
phenomena,' 'channeling' and spiritual healing that are the topics of
such articles as "The Poltergeist In Retrospect (with audio and video
clip links)", "Some Recordings of Channeling" and "Spiritual
Healing". My selection of subjects has focused on detailed and
impressive firsthand accounts, such as Matthew Manning's. What
all the 'poltergeist' cases have in common is that the manifestations
were impressive enough that the witnesses were compelled to chronicle
their experiences. It is through the analysis of this vast web of
intriguing phenomena that people can comprehend the Mind and nature of
the all-knowing transcendental source Consciousness for life throughout
The British GQ article presents Matthew's
commentary about the sensation of heat sometimes noticed during healing
sessions: "The only way I can describe the feeling is that I am
channeling some kind of conditional love." He explained: "Whether
you call it God, cosmic consciousness, universal love . . . I think
we're all talking about the same thing."
treating cancer sufferers, as he often does, says Manning, "I always
tell people: I am not a miracle worker. Let me work with you two
or three times. If there's no improvement I am not going to carry
on endlessly. We have five possibilities. One: I can't do
anything and I cannot say, even after 35 years, why what I'm doing hits
the bull's eye with one person and fails to hit the board with someone
else. Two: whatever I do may slow the progression of a disease;
remember, people often come to me when all other possibilities have
been exhausted. Three: you might find that healing stablises the
condition for a year, or five, or longer. Four: you might find
the problem remains but is greatly improved. And the fifth: I
always aim to knock the disease right out."
When he began working as a healer Manning says, "I was a complete
atheist. It's the experiences I have had that have persuaded me
there is something out there."
"I have this idea," he says, "that there is no such thing as time; that
time is a man-made concept. If all time was simultaneous, as I
believe it to be, it would mean that there is no such thing as past,
present or future. I think that would explain certain
phenomena. I think scientists may one day come up with an
explanation that has little to do with spirituality and everything to
do with quantum physics."
Robert Chalmers reported: "Prominent surgeons and consultants send patients to Manning and vice versa."
Source: Metaphysical Articles
- WHAT IS GOING ON IN FOUR CORNERS DEPARTMENT -
The Biggest Methane Leak in America Is in Four Corners Region
using satellite data have pinpointed New Mexico's San Juan Basin as a
major source of leaking methane in the United States.
was responsible for 10 percent of all the methane emissions from the
natural gas sector in the country, according to a study published
yesterday in Geophysical Research Letters. If gas, coal mining and
petroleum sectors are included, the San Juan Basin was responsible for
5 percent of the emissions.
The region emitted 0.59 million
metric tons of methane every year between 2003 and 2009, the study
found. That rate is three times the amount reported in the European
Union's greenhouse gas inventory, called EDGAR. It is 1.8 times the
reported value in U.S. EPA's Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program.
high emissions were recorded in 2003, prior to the advent of hydraulic
fracturing, or fracking, a technique used to extract oil and gas from
shale reservoirs. But parts of the oil and gas system were leaking even
before fracking, said Eric Kort, an assistant professor at the
University of Michigan and lead author of the study.
"There is a
lot of fixation on high-volume hydraulic fracturing," he said. "The
point here is we see this [methane leaks] from an earlier time period
in the San Juan, and it is indicative that we can't just be fixated on
one part; we have to focus on the industry as a whole."
results are similar to a ClimateWire analysis of EPA's Greenhouse Gas
Reporting Program data that found the San Juan Basin is the leakiest
when only the biggest companies emitting more than 25,000 metric tons
of greenhouse gases are considered. The analysis tied much of the San
Juan's emissions to coalbed methane wells owned by the largest operator
in the basin, ConocoPhillips (ClimateWire, Oct. 6).
was based on both space and ground observations. Kort and his
colleagues used a satellite that produced images of methane and could
see that the region at the intersection of four states, Arizona, New
Mexico, Colorado and Utah, had high concentrations of the gas.
verified their observations on the ground using a device that looks up
at the sun and measures the total greenhouse gas in the atmosphere. The
ground observations helped validate the observations from space.
hypothesizes that the emissions are coming from coalbed methane
extraction. The San Juan Basin is the largest producer of natural gas
from coal beds, and it is currently unclear if coalbed methane wells
emit more than conventional or unconventional natural gas wells.
said that the San Juan may be showing up as a hot spot in satellite
images because of its geography and wind patterns; other basins, like
the Barnett Shale, which produce a lot more natural gas from
unconventional and conventional reservoirs, may just not show up
because the wind diffuses the emitted methane, he said.
But overall, his study warrants a closer look at emissions from the San Juan Basin, he said.
is the first time scientists have used satellites to image greenhouse
gas emissions on the ground. The study demonstrates the power of
space-based observations, said Christian Frankenberg, a research
scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and co-author of the
study, in a statement.
"Satellite data cannot be as accurate as ground-based estimates, but from space, there are no hiding places," he said.
Source: Scientific America
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